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The vampire, Lazarus Kalon, is intent upon stealing the power of a shape shifter, a shaman of the Kwakiutl people. Yet, as Lazarus moves in on the shaman and the Kwakiutl village, another supernatural being comes into play, a demon with his own agenda for the Kwakiutl and who is very aware of Lazarus' presence and intent. Now, tormented by this supernatural being and the mThe vampire, Lazarus Kalon, is intent upon stealing the power of a shape shifter, a shaman of the Kwakiutl people. Yet, as Lazarus moves in on the shaman and the Kwakiutl village, another supernatural being comes into play, a demon with his own agenda for the Kwakiutl and who is very aware of Lazarus' presence and intent. Now, tormented by this supernatural being and the mystery of a haunted and deserted village, Lazarus must confront this demon and his own rationale for the shape shifter’s blood.Ghost Drums is a dark fantasy that seamlessly blends traditional vampire lore with native mythology....

Title : Ghost Drums
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ISBN : 9781301506743
Format Type : ebook
Number of Pages : 16 Pages
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Ghost Drums Reviews

  • Carl
    2019-03-25 04:38

    Matt Cole’s “Ghost Drums” is the perfect short story for a dark fall evening when the wind is moaning and a branch scraps across the window glass. In general, I don’t really like to read short stories, but there is always an exception to the rule and Cole’s story is one. “Ghost Drums” is the story of Lazarus Kalon, who seeks to increase his already substantial powers by drinking the blood of a powerful shape shifter. Set in 1878 in British Columbia, the antihero is Lazarus, a very old and very powerful and power hungry vampire. He is almost obsessed with stealing the power of a shape shifter, a shaman of the Kwakiutl people, who he encountered a month before. But he senses that there is another supernatural being, one that haunts the Kwakiutl people, and one who has become very aware of Lazarus’ presence just as Lazarus is aware of him. The tension mounts; things are never quite as easy as they seem. As the tension between the vampire and the demon builds, the question is: “Who is the hunter and who is the prey”?Matt Cole’s “Ghost Drums” is a beautifully descriptive work with strong diction that makes the reader want more. Still, Cole creates a compelling story with interesting characters and plenty of strong sense imagery which creates a strong mood and suspense for the reader. His plot is solid and moves quickly which helps make an excellent night of reading in the “dark and sinister” fantasy genre. I wished the story had been longer and fleshed out even more. Additionally, the ending was a little confusing; I found myself especially wondering about the young savage girl: “What every happened to her?” Regardless of my minor complaints, Matt Cole’s “Ghost Drums” is an intriguing story and well worth the time to read.

  • Simon Jenner
    2019-03-16 21:40

    Vampires, shape shifters, ghosts and more.Set in British Columbia, during the late nineteenth century, Ghost Drums is the story of Lazarus Kalon, who seeks to increase his already substantial powers by drinking the blood of a powerful shape shifter. This is the second story I have read of Matt Cole’s and I was glad to find that his wonderfully embroidered prose is also evident in this nicely crafted tale. Scenes are deliciously set and the atmosphere perfectly dismal, the ideal setting for such a dark and creepy exploit. This book remains both beautifully descriptive whilst never losing pace – a feat to be applauded. I believe this is one of two stories by Matt Cole with the same protagonist and I will definitely be getting my hands on the other one soon. Lazarus is a perfectly nasty creature, ready for a series of grim adventures. Excellent stuff.

  • Abigail
    2019-03-14 03:18

    This is the perfect short story on a stormy afternoon for those of us that like traditional vampire myths with a bit of a twist.Originally published in 2003, I had discovered it while sitting in some office or bar, or coffee shop while leafing through some esoteric magazine. Quickly jotting down his name in my moleskin. A few years later I ran across his name again,same story. I just really dug the vampire, Lazarus. Matt Cole writes shorts with a very non-sparkling vampire named Lazarus. His writing has strong, dark and solid allegory, balancing the traditional vampire myth with Native British Columbian myths. Having grown up a bit south of there in the Pacific Northwest, I appreciated it even more. Totem poles are more than a thing of wonder and beauty in the middle of the park, they have huge symbolic meaning within the Native religion. In the perfect length of a short, in my opinion, he is able to throw at you such strength and power blending both, I even wonder if it can successfully be a novel. Maybe I do not want it to be, since I love good solid short stories. When I discovered it for my Kindle I quickly gobbled it up and discovered there are two more with Lazarus. This is a vampire that I can “sink” my teeth in!

  • Grampy
    2019-02-27 03:21

    "Ghost Drums" by Matt Cole is a very unusual and wickedly creepy tale of the supernatural. Narrated by an undefined creature of the night, it carries us through the ghostly history of a primitive people who no longer exist, yet have not left this plane of existence.In addition to that, there is another undefined creature of the night at play here, which happens to also be a shape-shifter. Consequently we never know when that creature is part of the current action, or if it is off in the jungle somewhere biding its time.The desired outcome of the action is never very clear, neither to us, nor to the narrating character. Nevertheless, it is clear there really are no "good guys" in this tale... just differing degrees of "bad" guys.It is easier to just read this story than to describe it, so I will simply say it was a fascinating short story, one I heartily recommend to fans of paranormal fiction, horror, shape-shifters, monsters of the night, ghost tribes, or any other permutation of the macabre. Get this book! You will enjoy it, as long as you don't try to read it just before going to bed for the night. You won't get a good night's rest.

  • Elke
    2019-03-06 04:12

    I already read and loved The Blood of Cowards so it was only natural to read another story by the author. Ghost Drums proved a satisfying read as well, though imho it is not as elaborately and carefully written, which is my only criticism here. I wonder if Ghost Drums was written before The Blood of Cowards, which would show nicely a great improvement in the author's writing skills.Ghost Drums contains much more action and some paragraphs appeared crowded, so that I wished the author would have used more words and pages to enfold the story more detailed and with patience. I can only repeat my plea for a full-length novel on the adventures of Lazarus Kalon...Again, we are presented with a simple but original idea: can a vampire acquire the powers of a shapeshifter by drinking his blood? The solution provides not only an answer to this question, but also a neat twist in the outcome.(I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review)

  • Missy
    2019-03-12 21:32

    To be quite honest, I didn't like this book as much as I thought I would. I really liked the vampire character and the setting. However, I think it needed more dialogue, a spell check and maybe a back story about Lazarus. All in all it was OK.

  • Kathy
    2019-03-15 01:13

    Didn't realize it was a short story. A vampire in 1890's North America discovers an abandoned Native American village and finds the reason for it's abandonment. Needs editing for word usage.

  • Zenrin
    2019-03-07 01:31

    Another great short story about Lazarus!!

  • Denyse Cohen
    2019-03-16 00:12

    Beautifully written with plenty of imagery and suspense. I wish I could have learned more about Lazarus but all and all it's a very entertaining read, worth every penny!

  • AH
    2019-03-25 04:28

    Kindle free download 11/22/12.

  • Sónia Tigol
    2019-03-07 05:25

    This was a good sort story.The characters were interesting and the plot was good.This book was a good reading.

  • Amyperez
    2019-03-18 04:22

    wish it was longer; I enjoyed the storyline and wish it was fleshed out more.

  • Matt Cole
    2019-03-09 05:31